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Ilias Akhomach returns to training with Barcelona B

The 16-year-old was initially called up to join the first-team for pre-season

Ilias Akhomach debuts in Barcelona Photo by Noelia Deniz/Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Barcelona’s 16-year-old midfielder lias Akhomach is back in training after testing positive for Covid-19 at the start of pre-season.

The club confirmed on Tuesday the teenager is back to work but has returned to Barcelona B after initially being called up to training with the first team.

Ilias is another of the club’s bright young talents and looked like he would get the opportunity to try and impress Ronald Koeman in pre-season. However, his positive test meant he missed the chance to train with the first team and the friendlies against Nastic and Girona.

Koeman has been able to use plenty of other youngsters in the games with players including Gavi, Yusuf Demir, Rey Manaj, and Nico Gonzalez all enjoying minutes in the two friendlies.

The Barca boss looks set to name a more experienced squad for the trip to Germany for friendlies against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg. Regulars such as Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay, and Antoine Griezmann all returned to training last week, while Ronald Araujo was back on Monday and Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba are due back in time for the trip.